Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Yesterday, while we were going for our photoshoot, the battery light in our car lighted up. Papa was very concerned and quickly called and send the car to the workshop.
Apparently, the alternator has worn out. So today, papa & mummy is bringing me on my first LRT/MRT ride to collect the car! I can't wait cos I don't know wat is that and I've never been on one!
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
It was so difficult to get him to even look at the camera, much less smile for it. But YK was very patient and tried very hard to get Kimi's attention. Although the pix came out not too bad, I can imagine how much more fab it would have been it Kimi felt better. We suspect his 2 top teeth is cutting soon so he's been overly cranky the past weeks.
I really hope this difficult phase will get better and pass. Let's pray together!
Anyhow, I've attached some pix here:-
Monday, October 22, 2007
- Place washed rice (w/o) into rice cooker and set aside
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Also managed to capture a few shots. Here goes :-
Friday, October 19, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Cute pancake shapes, lunch boxes holders, sausage shapers, sauce and mayo holders, rice (omu) moulds
Friday, October 12, 2007
Kimi's current favourite toy/past time got to be the IKEA Bead Chaser. It's an inexpensive & good toy that allows babies to practise fingers reflexes and their fine motor skills.
See how he's enjoying it...
Thursday, October 11, 2007
- 2 dried apricots (thinly sliced)
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
- 180g threadfin fillet (orh her)
- 1 hand bunch of spinach (bayam/yin choy - pick out the leaves only)
- 12 pitted red dates (soaked)
- 1 -2 tbsp soft tofu
- 1/2 slice of cheese
- Dash of pepper & sesame oil
- Heat up steamer
- Wash and remove all bones from fish and season with pepper and sesame oil. Set aside
- Place tofu in a bowl and roughly use a fork or spoon to chop up the tofu. Place the cheese on top and set aside
- Put red dates & spinach in a small bowl when the red dates are soft from the soaking
- Once the steamer is ready, place all the bowls into steamer and steam till fish is cooked
- When all are ready, remove and set aside to cool. Once the red dates are cooled, remove flesh and discard the skin
- Mash with fork or puree to desired texture
* Suitable for freezing
* Makes 10 baby cubes
- 80g fresh salmon
- 6 sprigs of baby beans
- 1-2 tbsp of soft tofu
- 1/2 tsp ikan bilis powder
- 1 pc dried apricot
- Dash of pepper
Monday, October 08, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Silly me! Should have taken pix before pureeing!!
I used a small red bell pepper cos the taste can be quite sharp and bb may not like it. But so far, Kimi ok so pls start with a small one or use the orange peppers for a more subtle taste.
- 4 Chicken fillets
- 1 small red bell pepper
- 1 carrot
- 1/2 sweet potato
- 2 sticks of aspragus
- 1 tomato
- 2 pcs of dried apricot
- 1 tablespoon of chopped yellow onion
- 1/2 tsp Cornflour
- Pepper to taste
- 1 cup chicken or veg stock
- Cut chicken fillet in small cubes and marinate with cornflour and pepper for 15 mins
- Brown chicken in dry non-stick (no oil) pan. Set aside.
- Cut the red pepper in quarters and remove the seeds and white part of it.
- Peel carrot, sweet potato and ends of asparagus and dice them all up.
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees
- Use an oven safe dish or tray and drizzle a little oil on it.
- Place all the veg in the dish and mix them thoroughly with the oil. Place pepper with skin up.
- Put in oven to roast till veg becomes soft and the pepper is blistered, charred and aromatic. Once ready, remove and set aside. Once cooled, remove the skin from tomatoes and peppers. They should slide off relatively easy.
- Heat a little oil and add the chopped onions, saute till soft.
- Add the browned chix, roasted veg and 1 cup of chicken or veg stock and saute lightly and let it simmer covered for 10 mins (low fire). If it dries up, add a little more stock.
- Remove. Either mash with fork or put in blender for suitable texture.
*Roasting the peppers brings out the intensity and aroma of the peppers. It also makes removing the skin easier!
*Suitable for freezing
*Makes 20 baby cubes
Buy lean pork and mince it yourself so you know what meat went into it. Alternatively, get the butcher to mince it for you. But ask him to remove visible fats and sinews and wash the pork before mincing.
- 200g lean pork (minced)
- 1 Golden Kiwi
- 2 spears of asparagus or 1 courgette/zuchinni/squash
- 1 tbsp chopped yellow onion
- 1/2 to 1 cup chicken or veg stock
- 1 tsp cornflour, dash of pepper/sesame oil/ikan bilis powder
- 2 dried apricot slivered (to balance the zesty kiwi)
- 100g couscous
- Marinate minced pork with pepper, sesame oil, a sprinkle of ikan bilis powder and cornflour. Set aside.
- Brown mince in dry non-stick pan and set aside.
-Dice kiwi & asparagus (peel off the hard skin at base of asparagus spear)
-Prepare couscous according to package details * and set aside.
- Saute onions till soft and fragrant.
- Add asparagus and fry till soften a little then add pork, kiwi, apricot and stock and cover the pan. Letting it simmer for 10mins.
- Remove and blend to texture and add couscous to the puree.
* Suitable for freezing
* Makes 16 baby cubes
* Prepare according to pack details as different brand have different methods.
* Couscous is a good replacement for rice as it is soft, fluffy and small. Making it easy for baby to learn to chew and swallow. It is also full of fibre. But remember to add a little more water so that it can be slightly softer. I replace stock with water so it is more tasty.
* Do not add the kiwi too early or it may get too mushy and overcooking will bring out the sourness in the fruit.
Friday, October 05, 2007
I've come up with a list of food flavours you can use when cooking for your babies.
In fact, even for my home cooking, I do not use msg. I add a little sugar to simulate the msg effect which works well.
Hence, I've come up with this idea of using dried apricots to flavour Kimi's food and it works well!. Plus apricots, fresh or dried contain beta-carotene and significant levels of iron, great for a growing baby!
And if you want a little salty taste to the food, you can blend or add some celery to the food. But, pls be careful cos some babies may not like the strong smell of celery. So trial and error. You can also use dried kelp powder. This is a great natual flavouring for foods as it provides good iodine minus the bad sodium. Other flavouring techniques are using vegetable or chicken stock as well as herbs and spices.
Try different ways to see which appeals most to your baby!
- Vegetable stock
- Chicken stock
- Salt - Celery, ikan bilis powder, mushroom powder, powdered kelp
- Msg - sugar, dried apricots, red dates, apple/pear puree
- Basil, Parsley, cinnamon, cilantro (chinese parsley), etc
- Spices too when they are bigger and can stomach stronger, sharper tastes!
I started flashing cards to Kimi was he was about 6-7 weeks old and continued at it till he was about 3 months. Then, things got a tad difficult as he was starting to refuse milk. Flash cards went into the cupboards.
Just last week, I thought, I'd better revive this and out came the cards and I started again. To my amazement, he could actually pick out the cards I asked as well as recognise both English and Chinese text!
I tell you the brains of a baby is so amazing, they just absord and absorb. Here'a video I'd taken today of Kimi enjoying his flash card session.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Ever since I was introduced to Angel Wipes, I've not turned back. But, I still buy my Avent as I simply love the feel and smell of it. Personally, I prefer wipes that come with a plastic opening cover. This helps to keep the wipes fresh and 'wet'. I noticed that those with the resealable sticker tend to lose its moisture half way through.
Also bought some sleepsuits as I needed to change the whole set now as he has outgrown most of it. In fact, every few months, I will be scouring for sleepsuits to make up a set of 10 to go around.
Here's our latest buys :